Liverpool continue to be linked with Marco Asensio, but the player is understood to prefer a move to AC Milan.
Despite a number of sources claiming Jurgen Klopp’s summer transfer business had drawn to close after the arrival of Calvin Ramsay, the Reds are still rumoured to hold an interest in Asensio.
Ramsey signed for Liverpool earlier this week from Aberdeen for an initial £4m up front with a further £2.5m in add-ons. And that will be Klopp’s final piece of incoming business this summer, according to The Times‘ Paul Joyce.
However, the Reds were mentioned as “main bidders” for the 26-year-old last week. And Sport continues to suggest that Liverpool are in the frame for the attacker, whose contract expires in the summer of 2023.
The report claims Asensio is seen as an attractive proposition because of his contract situation. And Los Blancos, aware that he can negotiate with overseas suitors from January 1, want to cash in now.
Asensio though would prefer to join AC Milan in Serie A rather than Liverpool, as per the source.
The Rossoneri are also said to be keen on the right winger, who scored 10 goals in 31 LaLiga appearances last season. And Asensio wants to be the main man and guaranteed game time.
However, Milan doe not have the same financial muscle as Liverpool. And may well struggle to meet his €6m (£5.1m) net wages or £96,000 a week salary.
The fee could also be a problem for Milan. Sport claim Real are seeking £51.7m (€60m) for his signature, though may accept a fee nearer £43m (€50m).
There’s no doubt Madrid would prefer to sell to Liverpool because they know there is greater potential for a larger fee.
But the player, who has a staggering €700m release clause, is leaning towards Milan, knowing Liverpool currently have Mo Salah, Luis Díaz, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez as options in attack.
Even with the departure of Sadio Mane, Klopp is well stocked and Asensio believes he would more likely be guaranteed first-team football in Milan rather than at Anfield.